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Jane Bites Back

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

and another one bites the dust...

ha not in a bad way...i liked it..i've pretty much read all the Jane spin-offs and it wasn't un-entertaining. i REALLY liked how he pulls in the other old famous names you see like lord Byron and the Bronte sisters...VERY good research is nice to see. also it was real...
ha not in a bad way...i liked it..i've pretty much read all the Jane spin-offs and it wasn't un-entertaining. i REALLY liked how he pulls in the other old famous names you see like lord Byron and the Bronte sisters...VERY good research is nice to see. also it was really funny...i laughed out loud several times. there's even a part where i teared up a bit near the end but for a stupid reason (a puppy :]). as for suspense and the vampire aspect, not exactly a HUGE part of the story...i mean its about her being one but its not really wrapped up in a bunch of Gothic vampire lore and drama. and if you want a novel written for the 1800s then don't read it. Jane might be 200 yrs old in this one but she doesn't really act that way, nor does she talk that way (only a little)... ALL GOOD THINGS overall. Read it! You'll like it!

posted by AshPash0822 on January 25, 2010

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Should have been funnier

A light, fluffy read. The concept of Jane Austen as a vampire has great comedic potential, but this book failed to live up to the expectations I had for it. While there were certainly a couple of moments where I laughed out loud, there were many other moments where I ne...
A light, fluffy read. The concept of Jane Austen as a vampire has great comedic potential, but this book failed to live up to the expectations I had for it. While there were certainly a couple of moments where I laughed out loud, there were many other moments where I nearly completely lost interest. The character of Jane Austen in this novel is not one-tenth as witty as the real Jane Austen. Neither the story nor the characters is particularly exciting.

posted by Kairuh on February 12, 2010

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  • Posted November 15, 2012

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    An interesting take about Jane Austen

    I remember buying this book almost a year ago, and watched it sit on my to-read shelf until yesterday when I picked it up before work. I finished it in 24 hours, which is new for me, usually I am a two or three day reader and nothing really gets finished in a day. Even if I love the book I take some time to read and enjoy it. I have to admit I have mixed feeling about Jane Bites Back. This is not a book in the style of Jane Austen; it is a book about Jane Austen as a current day vampire. The current Jane Austen craze is mentioned several times, and there are many literary allusions as well as a few literary figures that make appearances. All of the characters were detailed and realistic. I either loved them or loved to hate them. My favorites were Lucy, Walter, and Jane. The author has given us a cute laughable storyline with some accurate historical back story that will keep you interested from page one to the end. The hijinks's that Jane Austen gets herself into will keep you laughing. Oh and the fact that she meets up with a rival from her long ago past that still holds a grudge makes this even more enjoyable. My biggest complaint about this book was yes, she's a vampire and has been for a couple hundred years, but in all that time she's done nothing with herself except pine away after Lord Byron and opens a book shop. Jane learned nothing about herself or the world so she has to rely on Byron to teach her, and thus abuse her and manipulate her and so on, it was rather disappointing. I mean she spends time moving from place to place, yet she is amazed how she looks with makeup and colored hair, come on. Overall I recommend this for light reading. Also, Bronte fans beware...let's just leave it at that.

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  • Posted January 30, 2010

    Great start but slow finish

    When the title character is not as interesting as the other characters, even a relatively minor one, such as Jane (Austen) Fairfax's book store manager, you have problems. I found the two 19th Century literary characters who came calling to be more interesting than Jane. There were a few laughs, but that was it.

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